Silvia's January Journal

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Silvia's January Journal
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Sat, 01-07-2012 - 1:59pm
I guess this is my very first entry. Yay. I'm journaling because I'm hoping it will help me lose weight. I currently weigh 213lbs. I am 5'8" and 25 years old. I recently started to exercise everyday and I can feel my endurance getting better. I began counting calories as well and I try to eat less than 1900 cals/day. Usually it ends up being around 1800. I have been on this road for about 3 weeks now and I haven't lost anything. I'm really frustrated. I'm thinking about buying some leptin. I have done some research and perhaps it is what I need to get my brain to understand that the fat needs to move out. I even bought some green tea capsules to help burn fat and also help with my awful exhaustion but I don't see a difference in how I feel when I take it. I wonder what's happening. Perhaps I need to go see my doctor. Anyway. That's enough melancholy for the first entry ;)
 

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Sun, 01-08-2012 - 3:48pm
I know it can be frustrating when you know you are doing all the right things but not seeing results.

Definitely check in with the doctor, but the other thing is to make sure you are portioning out your food correctly when you are logging it. Sometimes we underestimate our serving size which can then throw off our calorie counts. The other thing to look at is the protein, carbohydrate, fat breakdown of your food. Normally the percentages should look like: 50% Carbohydrates, 25% Protein, 25% Fat (or close to these numbers). Many diets advocate a higher amount of protein and lower amount of carbs (for example the zone diet is 40% carbs, 30% fat, 30% protein), but just making small adjustments to where your calories are coming from can make a difference in how your body processes those calories.

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Mon, 01-09-2012 - 1:29pm
Hopefully the recent upping of your calories will make a difference too!


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Tue, 01-10-2012 - 10:10am

Hey Silvia,

I'm glad to see you creating a journal and sticking with it!

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Wed, 01-11-2012 - 10:56pm
Thanks girls, for all the replies. I have been doing a mixture of 30 day shred (I'm on level 2 now) with weight loss pilates (By Crunch with Ellen Berrett on Netflix). I love pilates because there are more ab workouts whereas 30 Day is just a cussing (in my head!) fest. I just totally sank low, though. Over the weekend I totally just gave up (I'm sure it's just a short term temper tantrum) and started to eat junk out of frustration. Then I lose 2 lbs without exercising. What the crap?!?! I also started school and food just isn't my priority right now as I'm settling into my routine for the semester. I feel Like if I add too many things at once (like I did in the fall of 2010, hence my not being a CL of a group on iVillage any longer), I will fail at something or multiple things. I think I am done with my tantrum but now that I want to exercise, I can't. Yesterday while walking up and down on campus did something to my right hip, now I can hardly pick my right leg off the floor. It's strange. Probably just a mild strain that will keep me off exercising for a week. Until then... I actually need to go get my antidepressant prescription switched from Celexa to Lexapro but I'm worried about the cost (no generic for Lexapro! UGH!!!). maybe Lexapro will let me lose weight? I hope so...
 

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Thu, 01-12-2012 - 9:38am

Hey Silvia,

I have no idea if this has any scientific foundation so take this with a grain of salt - but I feel like the occasional "splurge" day of eating is actually good for our health.

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Thu, 01-12-2012 - 10:58am
Hey Silvia - I'm on Level 2 on 30 Day Shred too! Carrie may be onto something - on Weight Watchers some people do the "Wendys method" where they save their point or eat low points for a certain amount of days and then go all out on a specified day and they swear they see consistent weight loss.

Hope your leg feels better soon and as we always say around here - baby steps... don't try to do it all at once - especially with school starting back up for you!


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Thu, 01-12-2012 - 1:51pm
Hey Silvia - we've ALL been there - getting fed up with things and just indulging in a pity party. Here's an interesting article on whether or not a splurge day really affect our weight loss outcomes:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20101011/high-calorie-splurging-wont-ruin-your-diet

So why do you have to switch from Celexa to Lexapro? That is lousy about not having a generic version.

Definitely make small steps. For the rest of hte week for instance I'm looking at small things I can do to reduce my calorie intake - so using 1 tablespoon of my vanilla creamer instead of two, or only taking 2 tablespoons of peanut butter instead of three. Having a skinny peppermind mocha instead of a salted caramel latte. 1/2 a glass of wine instead of a whole glass. They are all totally manageable changes, but don't really affect my overall enjoyment of my food!

You might have just pinched a nerve which can affect how our legs operate - I had a pinched nerve in my back that caused weakness in my right leg and was most noticeable in my big toe - it was weird! Hopefully you can get someone to fix you up!